Silk Road: Crime pays (in Bitcoin) ... until you get arrested

The notorious underground (literally, by cable fibre) online drug marketplace, Silk Road, was shutdown earlier this week; with visitors now being presented with an FBI seizure notice. Maybe we’ve found the place Bitcoins were really being used, not in pubs, but to pay for illicit drugs.

How would we make such a claim? Take a look at Bitcoin’s value; which dropped by about 20 percent, or close to $500 million, by mid-morning.

On the Bitstamp...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Industry.

Apple ‘iTV’: CableLabs exec to engineer “something big”

There’s been plenty of speculation about Apple’s play in the TV set space for many years; with the interest most definitively displayed in CEO Steve Jobs’ comments to his autobiography writer Walter Isaacson – where he calls the current medium as “brain dead”.

“I should be able to walk into a room, ignore the remote controls, and say, ‘OK TV. Put on Morning Joe.’ And I should be able to get it when I want it, easily.” Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Wish the Surface Pro ran Mac OSX? Apple may be listening.

Whether you sit on Microsoft or Apple’s side of the fence, the Surface (Pro) is at least as capable as the iPad – possibly more.

With its ability to run full x86 desktop applications and games (think Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Maya, Diablo 3...) along with its whole host of connectivity options, and a physical keyboard, it’s reached the stage where many Apple diehards I’ve spoken to are now, like me, lusting for one.

Unlike me however (whose sole Apple device was an iPad) these people prefer...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry.

Level 3 discusses modern (and future) gaming infrastructure

One of the largest global telecommunications and Internet service provider companies, Level 3 is behind-the-scenes offering the infrastructure to keep your gaming sessions running smoothly and securely. TelecomsTech spoke to James Taylor, Director of Cloud Services for EMEA.

Gaming is quickly becoming the most important entertainment industry in the world; with many titles costing more to produce, and grossing more, than blockbuster Hollywood movies.

The latest release of Grand Theft...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Infrastructure.

Amdocs on the “life” of telco providers and their services

Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience systems and services, released a survey yesterday based around the PLM (Product Life Management) of telecom provider’s services.

TelecomsTech took the opportunity to speak to Eitan Elkin from the firm about the findings and whether these providers are optimally positioned to tackle the future and its emerging threats.

Eitan first explains the background of PLM: “PLM is not a new term; it’s been around for more than 30...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Marketing, Operators.

Sony’s “Vita TV” is (literally) a game changer

Everyone seems to want a piece of the TV these days; Apple TV, Roku, ChromeCast – the list is endless, and with good reason. It’s a lucrative space which we’re only just starting to see being taken advantage of. Forget Smart TV’s, these are Smart Manufacturers.

Built-in solutions, in my mind, were never going to work. Consumers want an experience which is both powerful and portable.

Whilst there have been many memorable devices such as the Boxee Box (which subsequently got absorbed and...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry.

UK ISPs offered controversial code to collect piracy data

Just under a fortnight ago, TelecomsTech reported on London-based MUSO’s request for Russian social network VK to clamp down on file-sharing. Whilst this helped reduce the damage by one rampant site, music is still illegally available – the UK government wants to further prevent this.

The voluntary code - which is being offered to BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and TalkTalk - would allow inspection of downloading activity and could create a database of repeat...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Piracy.

Anti-Piracy MUSO reaches agreement with Social Network VK

Perhaps you may have heard of VK - you certainly would if you’re based in Russia – but outside of the motherland it may ring a bell as the network which TelecomsTech reported on as offering US whistleblower Edward Snowden a job.

One of the biggest issues of the network is its rampant Piracy rate, with a reported 77% of transferred files being unauthorised content.

This level of copyrighted content being so freely...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Licensing, Networks.

Cloud music services will reach 191 million subs

Fans of recorded music that are already paying for on-demand streaming services will total 29 million people worldwide at the end of 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Accounting for 32 percent of the premium music service subscribers, Spotify is expected to close the year as the leader -- trailed by Deezer, SK Telecom’s MelOn, and rounded out by Rhapsody and Sony. Moreover, the high-growth cloud music services subscriber base is forecasted to reach 191 million by the end of...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Research.

Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV

The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.

If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.

You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?

First let’s take into account...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Google, Industry, IPTV, Smartphones.